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Royal Naval Air Service Manual (1915)

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H.M.S.O, London, 1915

A very rare original, Royal Naval Air Service training manual published in June 1915. Produced by the Air Department of The Admiralty in November 1914, just after the outbreak of war, this is a comprehensive and detailed handbook of R.N.A.S training from the time when the Naval Air Service was in its infancy. It includes a great deal of very useful information on all aspects of R.N.A.S aviation, with sections on airship flight and maintenance, conventional aeroplanes and seaplanes, flying training, and the other activities of the R.NA.S at the start of the First World War.

Subjects covered include: airship rigging and machinery, fire precautions, preparing for flight, landing, selecting a temporary base, breakdown procedure, history of airships, construction of aeroplanes, seaplanes, aero engines, aircraft maintenance, practical flying, handling a seaplane, aerial navigation, and aerial photography. The book is well illustrated with photographs, diagrams and line drawings. There are also a number of detailed fold-out plans, several of which are coloured, of airships, biplane wing structures, rigging cables, struts, undercarriages, and aircraft control systems.

The Royal Naval Air Service (R.N.A.S.) was the air arm of the Royal Navy, under the direction of the Admiralty's Air Department, and existed from 1st July 1914 to 1st April 1918, when it was merged with the Royal Flying Corps to form a new service, the Royal Air Force, the first of its kind in the world. At the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, the R.N.A.S. had 93 aircraft, six airships, two balloons and 727 personnel. The Navy maintained twelve airship stations around the coast of Britain from Longside, Aberdeenshire in the northeast, to Anglesey in the west. During its first year the R.N.A.S. continued to be the Naval Wing of the Royal Flying Corps, but was administrated by the Admiralty's new Air Department. On 1st August 1915 the Royal Naval Air Service officially came under the control of the Royal Navy. In addition to seaplanes, carrier-borne aircraft, and other aircraft, the R.N.A.S. also maintained several fighter squadrons on the Western Front.



In very good condition. The boards are in very good condition with minor signs of wear and use. The binding and hinges are very good and secure. The text, illustrations and coloured fold-out diagrams are in very good condition.

Published: 1915
Blue boards with gilt titling
Illustrated with photographs, diagrams, drawings and fold-outs (some coloured)
Dimensions: 160mm x 245mm
Pages: 338